As the baseball world has already been shocked by the news of the Astros cheating scandal, which seems to gain depth every passing hour, and the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers possibly being implicated, another development has come to light that hits closer to home here in Chicago.
On WFNZ-Charlotte, former White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell said that Tony La Russa orchestrated a cheating system during his tenure with the White Sox that spanned from 1979-1986. I mean, the cameras they used during that time were obviously not as advanced as today, and Machine Learning has taken on a new definition in recent years, but this is insane. The full article and radio broadcast can be found in the link below.
The accusations just continue to roll in. Hell, you had Scott Brosius Jr. alleging that Mike Trout is on steroids and the fake Carlos Beltran niece on Twitter has predicted almost everything (many seem to think this is a player around the game with a burner account). I digress.
When it comes down to it, this obviously isn’t great for baseball. This is worse than the steroid era because that was a bit more hazy with guys taking “greenies” (amphetamines) in the 1960s-1990s. This isn’t the last domino, given the depth of this issue. It wouldn’t come as a shock to see more league-wise punishments. The MLB needs to handle this immediately and stop dusting everything under a rug. Baseball fans everywhere have a right to be angry about this whole situation.